Landscaping Ideas Around Your Deck

While a backyard deck is certainly a statement piece on it’s own, adding additional landscaping can elevate your yard to the next level. Of course, landscaping around deck areas can be challenging, as your backyard space can be limited, and you don’t want to obstruct your view. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled this list of deck landscaping ideas, categorized by raised decks, ground-level decks and pool decks.

Privacy Fence Styles

Privacy fences are one of the most popular backyard fencing options, and for a good reason! Privacy fences certainly make your backyard more private, and they improve your home’s security by adding an additional layer of defense against the outside world. Wood privacy fences also work with your home in keeping pets and children inside property lines.

While privacy fences are very functional, you also want them to be aesthetically pleasing. If your old and worn privacy fence isn’t cutting it anymore, consider one of these different and custom privacy fence styles to add an element of beauty to your yard.

Fence Etiquette: Sharing A Fence With Your Neighbor

It’s standard practice in many Texas neighborhoods for neighbors to share fences. In almost every situation you will be sharing your fence with at least one neighbor, but often you’re sharing a fence on both sides of your yard and sometimes you’re even sharing your back fence. No matter how many fence sides you’re sharing with your neighbors, you’ll want to be respectful and make your fence installation experience a positive one for all parties involved. Below we will go over some common fence etiquette tips when it comes to shared fences and why they’re important – let’s dive in!

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Fences?

Although your fence isn’t part of your home, it is on your property, which means it could be covered by your homeowners insurance if it becomes damaged. Your fence is usually going to be covered under the “Other Structures” provision of your insurance policy, but you’ll need to read the fine print to double check your coverage.

A good rule of thumb for the amount of coverage your policy has in its “Other Structures” provision is 10% of your total policy. So if you have $400,000 of homeowners insurance coverage, the “Other Structures” coverage will be capped at $40k. While that would be plenty to cover any damages that may affect your fence, there are unfortunately a lot of situations where your fence wouldn’t be covered by insurance. Below we will dive into the main causes of fence damage and whether or not they would be covered by insurance!

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Backyard

Warm summer nights are coming and you want to soak up as much of that time as possible. To do that, you’ll need lighting! Luckily, there are plenty of affordable and convenient options that you can add to your backyard to keep the fun going all night long. Whether you’re looking for a convenient option that’s quick to string up and a more temporary solution, or you’re looking for someone more long-term and permanent, we have the outdoor lighting suggestions you’re looking for.

Take a look at some of our favorite outdoor lighting options below!

Does a Deck Add Value to a Home?

While you might be considering adding a deck to your home for your family to enjoy while you live there, it’s always a good idea to keep resale value in the back of your mind. As you continue to add and improve your home, you’ll want to ensure that you won’t be losing money when it comes time to sell your house and move on. Luckily for you, a deck is one of those additions that won’t cause you to lose money; adding a deck to your home will actually improve your home’s value! In 2018 alone, homeowners who added decks to their homes recouped 82% or more of their investment when they sold – not bad for a renovation you’re planning on enjoying.

Take a look below to understand why adding a deck to your home will provide a great return on investment.

Best Fences for Large Dogs

People are consistently discussing the best fencing options to keep their small dogs protected and secure, but large dogs need to be protected and contained as well. Large dogs are frequently left out of the fencing conversation because they’re not considered as vulnerable as small pets, but they do face the same risks. When selecting a fence for a large dog, you have to take into account different considerations than you would with a small animal. We will dive into the traits of large dogs that will impact your backyard fencing choice below!

Three Steps to Pool Safety

As refreshing and fun as a swimming pool can be, it can be equally as dangerous for unsuspecting and unprepared children. It’s important to note that one in five people who die from drowning are children. That’s why it’s essential to prepare your children and your backyard for the summer’s swimming season as soon as possible. Total pool safety comes from three areas: education, prevention and monitoring. We will go over these three steps to pool safety below!

Checking Your Deck’s Safety

Warmer weather is near and that means you’re about to be spending a lot more time outside on your deck. Before you start planning for your first summer barbeque, it’s essential to check your deck for common wear and tear that can cause injuries.

Follow our deck safety checklist below and you’ll be safely enjoying your deck in no time.

Is a Vinyl Fence Right for Your Home?

Choosing a fence for your home can be overwhelming. With so many options to choose from, and the pros and cons that come with each option, it can be difficult to know what fencing is right for you. In this blog post we will be focusing on one of our favorite fencing types: vinyl fences.

Vinyl fences are made of a high-quality PVC resin that is shaped and formed to create pickets. These pickets are placed next to each other, locked together and installed in your backyard accordingly, leaving no gaps. Vinyl fences are extremely durable and are weather and UV resistant. Is a vinyl fence right for your home? Find out below!